Third Culture Government Kids: BRATS, Both Military and Diplomatic

(Picture: the Aandahl family, Taiwan) By Tim Brantingham I need to do some quick housekeeping before I dive headfirst into this article. First, it might seem cruel and condescending to talk about children, even in jest, as BRATS. But rest assured in the context of military and diplomatic families this term is totally OK: itContinue reading “Third Culture Government Kids: BRATS, Both Military and Diplomatic”

Third Culture Missionary Kids: A Life in Monsoonal Reigning Faith Storms

Missionary kids are characterized by these two loyalties: a love of parents and loyalty to their work; a love of playmates and loyalty to their streets.  

Third Culture Kids: The Return Home (Cue Foreboding Music)

This “home” is the place you have been looking to for many years; it is where you are supposed to belong to; it was pasted on your class poster for 12 years. But now that you have arrived “home” why does it feel more foreign than the foreign place you just left?

An Introduction to Third Culture Kids: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Their mutual emotional home will be this third culture, and that culture will be based on the shared experiences (some wonderful, some painful) of living in and around different cultures–and it doesn’t matter much which cultures.